Gelso & Grand

Looking Inside ‘JaJaJa,’ the Vegan Mexican Restaurant at 162 East Broadway

Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:05 am

Hold onto your sombreros, JaJaJa is on the proverbial precipice of opening at 162 East Broadway. JaJaJa (Plantas Mexicana) is a vegan Mexican restaurant helmed by Gelso & Grand proprietor Nima Garos and partner Koorosh Bakhtiar. The concept has been in the works for more than a year, and evolved along the way. For one, […]

Filed Under

Incoming Taqueria ‘Gracias Mama’ Peels Away the Plywood on East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Incoming taqueria, Gracias Mama, is swiftly approaching the finish line. The controversial establishment – under construction at 162 East Broadway since springtime – peeled away the plywood from its cornershop exterior last week and painted the exterior white. Workers were seen breaking down the shed and stuffing the contents into a demolition truck. This corner […]

Filed Under

‘Gracias Mama’ Begins Build-out at 162 East Broadway as Opposition Mounts

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Interior build-out just began at Gracias Mama, the controversial taqueria from the minds behind Gelso & Grand. While permits for the job were issued by the Department of Buildings last month, actual work commenced a few weeks ago. And it’s already progressing at quite a clip. Here is a peek at the guts of 162 East Broadway, […]

Filed Under

200 Foot Drama: ‘Gracias Mama’ Revises its Concept for 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Gracias Mama, the Mexican establishment gunning for the corner of Rutgers and East Broadway, is facing more of an uphill battle than principals Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos (Gelso & Grand) probably anticipated. Even though Community Board 3 approved a full liquor license for this previously unlicensed location (controversial in its own right), the recommendation […]

Filed Under

Co-Owner of Gelso & Grand Purchased 162 East Broadway for $6.6M Ahead of ‘Gracias Mama’ Restaurant

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

One small block of Rutgers Street is changing almost overnight, with two new restaurants replacing longtime Chinese businesses. One a bit more controversial than the other. We’ll address the elephant in the room. Gracias Mama wasn’t just a replacement venture taking over a vacated space. No, no. One of the backers in sister restaurant Gelso & […]

Filed Under

Gracias Mama Sparks Debate at CB3, but Nets License Approval; Plus Dark Room Shenanigans

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Last night was the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting at Community Board 3 headquarters. As usual, the affair lasted deep into the night, as emotions and egos flared. By 9:30pm, only four of the seventeen hopefuls had presented. Here are some notes on the establishments that may or may not affect you. Gracias Mama, 162 East […]

Filed Under

Neighborhood Opposition Mounts Against ‘Gracias Mama’ Mexican Bar on East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Chinatown east is gearing up for a fight. The proposed Mexican establishment Gracias Mama is on the receiving end of a battle against outsider nightlife. As previously reported, the principal behind Gelso & Grand in Little Italy – Nima Garos – is the candidate currently converting the former Golden Carriage Bakery at 162 East Broadway. […]

Filed Under

Gelso & Grand Principal Bringing ‘Gracias Mama’ Mexican Joint to 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

​The major gutting just started inside the store at 162 East Broadway. As previously reported, the former Chinese pastry shop (New Golden Carriage Bakery) is undergoing conversion to something more upscale. Gelso & Grand properietor Nima Garos signed the lease on the space back in January to impart a new Mexican restaurant. And we now […]

Filed Under

‘Gelso & Grand’ Operator to Open Mexican Joint in Former Bakery at 162 East Broadway

Posted January 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

More change is coming to the crazy confluence of Canal Street, East Broadway, and Rutgers. Two commercial mainstays at 162 East Broadway folded within the last couple months. And with good reason. Nightlife. First, a refresher. You remember the Golden Carriage Bakery. The once-popular Chinese pastry shop shuttered five years ago, but was reportedly resurrected […]

Filed Under